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How To Take Care of Your Hair

Everyone has had a bad hair day. When I have a bad hair day I usually resort to styling my hair as a bun. Shabby but chic!

I’ve come across so many women with amazing hair. Whether it was straight, wavy or curly, they had a gorgeous head of hair. What were these women doing different or more, maybe? Nothing actually.

They knew their hair type and how to take care of it accordingly. Hair can be divided into 4 types mainly. This is different from the words used to describe the texture or condition of the hair like, frizzy, oily, dry and normal.

 

Straight Hair

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Straight hair is probably one of the most sought after hair type. Straight hair usually has fine and thin strands of hair. One of the issues of straight hair is volume. Straight hair tends to hang limp with no body whatsoever.

A few tips for straight hair

- Opt for a gentle shampoo and mild conditioner.

- When brushing your hair start from the tips to the roots. Make sure you brush carefully otherwise you can damage your hair.

- When washing your hair, use warm water, not hot water. Hot water weakens hair.

 

Curly Hair

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Curly hair is more prone to frizzing and becoming dry as well as coarse. This is due to curly hair being more fragile. Curly hair needs more looking after. If it isn’t moisturised regularly it can create a lot of damage.

A few tips for curly hair.

- Washing your hair everyday makes it dehydrated making it frizzy, opt for washing your hair every few days.

- If you ever use a comb, go for a wide toothed comb. Excessive brushing makes it frizzy and unmanageable. Use you fingers to lightly comb through your hair.

- For drying your hair after a shower don’t rub a towel. Squeeze the excess water onto it and apply a styling cream or anti frizz serum while your hair is damp.

 

Wavy hair

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Wavy hair is usually coarse and thick. Two major problems faced by people with wavy hair are frizziness and lack of volume.

A few tips for Wavy hair

- Opt for a volumising shampoo.

- To prevent frizz apply a light leave in condtioner.

- While drying your hair, don’t rub the towel against your hair. Pat it dry. This helps in keeping the frizziness at bay.

 

Processed Hair

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If you’re hair is bleached, dyed, relaxed or chemically straightened your hair falls in this category.

When washing your hair, it’s better to opt for a conditioning shampoo (preferably one meant for coloured hair) since your hair is likely to be damaged by the all the chemicals. Once you’re done rinsing your hair, apply a rich conditioner to the hair tips and length.

Since processed hair is porous, it will absorb anything you apply on it, which means you have to throughly rinse your hair once you apply shampoo or conditioner.

 

A few tips for processed hair.

- Make sure you wash every few days to prevent it from drying out further.

- Make sure you trim regularly to prevent split ends.

- Use a conditioner or hot oil for the ends of your hair to prevent dryness and split ends.

 

Watch out for Part 2 next week, where I’ll be covering natural remedies to treat frizzy, oily and dry hair.

 

- Neha Prasad

7 Must Haves For The Summer

There’s three ways to be sure that summer in Dubai has begun. One, your makeup melts off within five minutes of stepping out. Two, the temperature reaches 30 degrees before the clock hits 9am. Three, the roads are surprisingly empty because everyone’s on a vacay.

 

If you aren’t travelling anywhere this summer, here’s a list of things you need to survive summer in Dubai.

 

1. The Trio: A pair of shades, sunscreen and a floppy hat. (For those brave souls who go to the beach in this weather, may you never get sunburnt)

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2. Triangl swimsuits (For those late night pool parties)

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3. Moisturiser with a high SPF. (Nobody wants to look older than they actually are)

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4. Sandals. (Anything that doesn’t completely cover your foot and make it sweat, like sneakers)

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5. Pedicure. (Your feet need to be at their best since you’ll be wearing open toe shoes)

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6. Maxi dresses. (Pants? In this weather? Nope)

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7. Skater dresses (For chic evenings out)

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- Neha Prasad

How To Treat Sunburns

Living in Dubai, I have lost count of how many times I got sunburnt. The summer is amazing for those who love to go to the beach and tan but sometimes the heat gets out of control and you get burnt. Or you fall asleep on the beach and get burnt. Well that’s how it usually happens to me.

Prevention is better than any cure. Make sure that you apply adequate amounts of sunscreen. It helps not only in preventing sunburns, it is also known for preventing ageing due to sun exposure.

Here’s a few remedies than help in treating sunburnt skin

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Baking Soda

Mix a couple tablespoons of baking soda with cool bath water and have a soak. Make sure that you don’t soak for more than 15 minutes as it can excessively dry out your skin. Once you get out, air dry yourself without using a towel. Don’t wipe off the baking soda on your skin.

 

Aloe-Veera

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Using fresh aloe vera leaves is the best for sunburns. Cut open the leaves in half and apply the gel like liquid onto sunburnt areas of your skin. Apply as often as 5 times a day until the sunburn is gone.

 

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Potatoes

Cut into cubes and add them to the blender. blend until they are in a semi liquid form. Apply the potatoes directly on the skin where it is burnt. Once the potatoes dry up on your skin, go ahead and take a cool shower to wash them off.

 

- Make sure you drink lots of water as it speeds up the healing process.

- Moisturise. Your skin is dehydrated from all that time in the sun.

- Avoid using soaps, loofahs or anything that can irritate your sunburnt skin. You can use mild soaps and wash cloths.

 

- Neha Prasad

Get Gorgeous Skin Using Honey

Sometimes the things you find in the kitchen tend to be better than the goo you get in bottles. If it isn’t already obvious, I’m pro natural remedies as opposed to slapping something on my skin that has so many ingredients, most I have no clue what they really are.

One major benefit of using natural ingredients is that there is no side effects (unless you are allergic to it) but natural remedies take a long time for visible results to be seen. However, the results are long lasting.

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“Raw, unheated, organic honey has antibacterial properties that speed the healing of infections and wounds, including acne. It also contains antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals to promote healthy skin”.

It also helps with :-

  • Acne: Honey is naturally antibacterial, so it’s great for acne treatment and prevention.
  • Aging: Full of antioxidants, it is great for slowing down aging.
  • Complexion boost: It is extremely moisturizing and soothing, so it helps create a glow.
  • Pores: Honey is clarifying because it opens up pores making them easy to unclog.

Some of my favourite recipes are

Honey Almond Scrub - Mix equal parts of ground almonds and honey. This helps in removing all the dead cells and softening your skin.

Honey Exfoliator – Mix two parts honey and one part baking soda. This helps in gently exfoliating your face and body.

Honey Facial Cleanser – Mix honey with either coconut or jojoba oil. This helps in removing make up and unclogging your pores.

 

- Neha

Makeup Tips and Tricks

Who doesn’t love makeup? I feel absolutely naked leaving home without applying my mascara or lip tint! On other days, I’ve got to do a full makeup look, if I’m going out for an event. Here are a few tips and tricks that I’ve found useful!

 

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- Before applying foundation, It’s important that you apply primer. It helps by making your makeup last longer.

- Apply your foundation before your concealer. If there are blemishes or spots still visible after you apply the foundation, cover them up with concealer.

- It is very important that your foundation matches your skin tone. Your concealer should be a shade lighter.

- Use a stippling brush to apply foundation on your face. This ensures that you don’t have any streaks on your face.

 

EYES

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- To avoid your eyeshadow from creasing, it’s essential that you apply an eye primer. The eye primer prevents the eyeshadow from creasing.

- The eyeshadow needs to complement your eye colour. If you have brown eyes, you can pull off almost any colour, but the best colours would be blue and purple. If you have green eyes, then it’s deep plum or colours with red undertones. If you have blue eyes then peach or colours with an orange undertone.

- Make sure you curl your eyelashes before applying mascara.

- If you have small eyes, it’s better to avoid lining inside your lower lash line. Your eyes would look bigger with a cat eye.

 

EYEBROWS

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- Eyebrows frame your face. Your eyebrows should be well groomed. It’s essential that you do your eyebrows since it’s one of the major features of your face.

- Your brows should start from the inner corner of your eye and should end at the outer corner of your eye.

- The arch of your eyebrow should be a diagonal line going through your pupil and ending at the tip of your nose.

- To fill in your brows, opt for brown or dark brown brow pencil, it’s more natural than black.

 

LIPS

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- To make your lips soft, use a scrub made of granulated sugar and olive oil to remove the dead cells.

- If you are wearing lipstick, apply a lip liner, to the edges of your lips and then colouring them in, it will make the lipstick last longer.

- If you’re planning on applying a red lipstick or other dark colours, keep your eye makeup simple so that it balances out.

- The best shade of lipstick is a colour that’s two shades darker than your natural lip colour.

 

 

- Neha Prasad

 

How To: The Natural Makeup Look

With the heat soaring higher every day, It isn’t advisable to be putting a lot of makeup (Unless you stay indoors) as most of it would melt away as soon as you start sweating under the sun.

A natural makeup look is a good choice for summer and if you actually don’t like putting a lot of makeup on. Here’s a quick checklist for you to get that natural “no makeup” makeup look!

 

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Cleanse

One of the must haves for the natural make up look to work is good skin. Concentrate on perfecting your skin. Before you apply any makeup, you need to cleanse your face and apply a light moisturiser if your skin is dry.

 

Even Out Skin Tone

Even out your skin tone by using a tinted moisturiser or a BB cream. It is lighter than foundation. And you don’t have to worry about matching the colour to your skin tone, as the tinted moisturiser or BB cream is sheer.

 

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Conceal Spots and Blemishes

Use a concealer to cover up any blemishes or spots you may have, as well as dark undereyes. It is essential for the concealer to match your skin as close as possible.

 

Powder and Blush

If your skin tends to get shiny, you can apply powder to help absorb the excess oil. Add a bit of colour to your cheeks. Opt for a cream blush than powder blush as it gives your skin a more dewy look.

 

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Eyes

The key is too be light handed. For eyes, opt for a shade of brown a bit darker than your skin tone and apply it to the crease and lower lash line. Blend it well. If you prefer lining your eyes than eye shadow, go for a dark brown eyeliner than black. To finish off, use mascara.

 

Lips

Opt for a tinted lip balm  that matches your lips and apply lightly and blend if required.

 

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- Neha Prasad

Supermodel Beauty Secrets

On MAKEUP

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“Use a great concealer, it can hide a multitude of sins, apply a small amount over any blemishes before you add foundation, as you may find you don’t need more coverage.” – Claudia Schiffer

 

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“My favourite Rimmel products are their eyeliners. I can’t live without black eyeliner – it’s my absolute essential.” – Kate Moss

 

On HAIR

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“Use intensive masks on your tresses and have it trimmed regularly, I also take vitamin supplements to keep my hair healthy from the inside out.” – Eva Herzigova

 

On SKIN

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“Patricia Wexler is my dermatologist, and 10 years ago, she told me to start wearing SPF 50 sunscreen on my face every day. I said, “I have dark skin, I don’t need that high of an SPF every day!” But I took her advice, and I’m convinced that’s why my skin has stayed in such good condition.” – Iman

 

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“My skin is sensitive so I use mostly natural products. Less is more in my opinion. I use coconut oil for body and tea tree oil and green tea face wash.” – Candice Swanepoel

 

On BEAUTY

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“Get your eyebrow shape right, it can make a real difference to the structure of your face” – Naomi Campbell

 

On BODY

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“For fitness, I mix it up and always remain active. I mix boxing with cardio and pilates. If I’m not busy or working, I’ll work out every day. If I am busy, I’ll try to at least sneak in 30 minutes or try to work out every other day.” – Joan Small

 

- Neha Prasad

Interview: Natasha Zaki

Today we had the pleasure of meeting Natasha Zaki who recently moved to Dubai and has a wealth of experience in fashion and beauty having worked with the Godmother of all make up artists, Pat McGrath, the legend in the international fashion arena. We welcome Natasha and look forward to collaborating with her on future projects and workshops and of course beauty posts! (Of course if you have any questions for Natasha, send us an email and we’ll get you the beauty advice you request).

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SO: Natasha, Tell us a bit about yourself and how did you get started?

NZ: My passion for makeup started when I saw 10.  My mother was obsessed with lipsticks and had a draw full of them – she used to buy one every time we went shopping!  I knew I wanted to become a make up artist and went against the normal university path to do a high fashion photographic and media makeup course at The London School of Beauty and Makeup.  I gained a lot of experience by working for Mac cosmetics and was also chosen as a backstage artist for their events and shows. My first EVER fashion show was with Pat McGrath for Aquascutumn. Assisting Pat on all of her shows gained me the most respect in my field.

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SO: Career highlights so far?

NZ: Being escorted on a motorbike through the bustling streets of Paris to arrive Backstage at the Galliano fashion show.  

 

SO: How would you describe the look you feel you do the best?

NZ: The look I do best is the perfect natural dewy skin and contour.

 

SO: Favourite summer make up tips?

NZ: Summer makeup tips – always use factor 50 no matter what!  Use benefit primer if you suffer from oily skin in the heat and switch to an oil free foundation.

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SO: Favourite products you can’t live without?

NZ: I can’t live without Tom Ford Bronzer, Tom Ford eyeshadow palettes and Illamasqua foundation.

 

SO: Favourite models?

NZ: My Favourite models are the ones with the best personality to match their looks so far Cara  Delevingne has both for me!

 

SO: Fashion icons in your opinion?

NZ: My fashion Icon is Queen Rania of Jordan she is effortlessly beautiful and elegantly glam. 

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SO: What do you like about living and working in Dubai?

NZ: Since moving to Dubai i feel it is so glamorous compared to that edgy London look so I have really enjoyed the kind of shoots that I have done here. I do a real mixture of work both high fashion and personal make overs – I love both.  My family moved here with me and we all love it and enjoy exploring all the new restaurants and hot spots!

 

Looking for a makeover for the summer? Look no further, SO offers a range of services including customised consultations and tutorials in fashion and personal styling, hair and makeup, and refining posture and image. For more information or bookings, email us at info@so-famous.com.

Favourite Make Up Products

Everyone have their cult favourites, which they keep going back to again and again. Here my cult favourites; fingers crossed that they won’t be discontinued so that I can buy them in the years to come!

 

MAC Face and Body Foundation

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MAC Pro Longwear Concealer

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Maybelline New York Colossal Kajal

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Maybelline New York Colossal Volum Mascara

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Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain

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Tom Ford Black Orchid

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Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette

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- Neha Prasad

How to Get the Perfect Cat Eye

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So everyone seems to have trouble when it comes to eyeliner. Even me! one line is always thicker than the other… which then leads to panda eyes by the time I finish fixing it.

Want to avoid the panda look? here’s some tips and tricks!

  • If you are a beginner, its better to start off with a pencil eyeliner and move up to gel and eventually the “scary” liquid liners. The pencil gives you more control and helps in practicing.
  • Draw the line bit by bit, dont attempt to draw the line at one go, this is where it usually gets messed up. Unless you’re a pro, stick to dashes.
  • The wing. This can be tricky sometimes. the wing should be drawn upwards from the corner of the eye. Draw another line from the end of the wing to the middle of your eye. colour it in.

Here’s a fun video by YouTube beauty guru Michelle Phan, showing you a couple of tricks for liquid liners and getting that perfect cat eye.

 

- Neha Prasad